Remembrance Day 2017

November 11, 2017
A moment of silence can be a powerful moment even as it was in today's Remembrance Day services in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Watching the many faces of the remaining Veterans, faces of those remembering their loved ones lost to wars, but never forgotten, and the new young people in the crowd were very moving. It was encouraging to see and listen to some of the youth as they expressed what this day meant to them; for many of them, it was their first time at these services in our capital.

Seeing the awe and quiet respect etched on their faces revealed deep emotions, showing afresh that these young ones would carry on this legacy of freedom and tradition with their peers and eventually with their children. 

Just a moment of silence, but a moment not only filled with love and deep sorrow for this horrific loss of human life but a deep pride as they remembered this unspeakable and noble sacrifice made by so many. Because of God's amazing Grace let us remember these past heroes and present-day soldiers and peacekeepers together. Let us never forget!

 

 
 

In Flanders Fields 2016

November 9, 2016
 

Remember Them 2015

November 8, 2015


Canada’s men and women in uniform continue to demonstrate tremendous
courage in the cause of peace and freedom.
Remember those who defend and protect this country.

 

Counting the Cost 2014

November 4, 2014
'Blood Swept Lands & Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cumminsphoto of Blood Swept Lands & Seas-London Tower 2014
Lest we forget here is a work of love and remembrance at the London Tower representing the human cost on the centenary of WWW 1, November 11, 2014.  Tom Piper developed the installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' along with artist Paul Cummins who made the flowers.   This stunning sea of ceramic poppies planted by volunteers and visited by the Queen, has attracted a deluge of tourists and Londoners queuing to see the poppies spill from the arches.

Tom Piper said: “This is not an installation about war, or an illustration of its violence and barbarity; it is about loss and commemoration and has given individuals a unique way to tap back into their own family history and appreciate some of that human cost.”

The last of 888,246 poppies will be planted at the tower on November 11th and volunteers will start to take them away the next day. Historic Royal Palaces, which runs the landmark, is considering marking the 2018 war end centenary by creating a dark shadow where the field of poppies once stood.

The poppies, a symbol of Remembrance, encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary.
Resources: The Guardian and The British Royal Legion
This amazing demonstration deeply impacts everyone who views it and helps us to appreciate all the more the great sacrifice of so many for our freedom and liberty throughout the world. 

But there is another sacrifice with even greater spiritual impact, not just for me, but for the whole world. The Lord Jesus Christ willingly counted the cost and became the sacrifice to redeem all mankind. That sacrifice gives us spiritual freedom and reconciliation for all eternity if we acknowledge Christ as our Lord and Saviour.  It cost the shedding of His blood on Calvary's Cross to pay our debt of sin.  He conquered death and sin once for all and rose again the third day!  If we will simply accept His gift of eternal life, trust Him by living for Him then we too will know freedom from the power of sin and have joy and peace in our hearts. 

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

For me Remembrance Day links these 2 monumental events and fills me with deep gratitude beyond description.  Let us never forget the cost of our freedom, both spiritually and physically.





 

A Soldier Remembers 2013

January 8, 2014


"On November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., the First World War came to an end. It lasted over four years, killed or injured nearly 30 million military personnel and devastated some of the world’s biggest empires. It changed the future of people, countries and continents.

Canada’s contribution was significant, unprecedented and costly. The country came out proud and victorious, heading towards national autonomy within the British Commonwealth, while mourning the loss or injury of 250,000 Canadians.

On Remembrance Day, at exactly 11 a.m., sunlight shines through a single window in Memorial Hall to frame the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier."
 

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